A Saab is a safe car, no question about it! If you want to know how safe, you can find the answer here. Folksam Sweden published the 2015 statistics on vehicle safety. And even if there are no more new cars in the 5th year, Saabs are rated safer than the average of all vehicles.
The Swedes have been testing and researching on behalf of automotive safety since 1983. The results of Folksam Insurance result from everyday automotive life. They are more informative than any crash test. Folksam analyzes property damage and personal injury in relation to 254 vehicles. The classification is made in 5 security classes. Level 5 cars are at least 40% safer than average; level 4 cars are at least 20% or more safe. Rank 3 is for cars with average safety. Level 2 vehicles score 20%, and rank 1 40% below average
The trophy this year went to the other Swedish brand, which builds a few kilometers down the Götä Älv cars. This defended Swedish honor against the rest of the world.
Saab vehicles are not in the top-tier group whose members need to be at least 40% safer than any other car. Which may also be due to the fact that the Saab 9-5 NG and 9-4x do not appear in Folksam ranking due to their rarity.
Saab 9-5, 9-3, 900 II
The above-average second group includes products that offer between 20% and 39% more security than the average. Also included is the Saab 900 II, which was launched in 1994, the 9-3 I from 1998 to 2002, the current 9-3 generation and the old 9-5. It is remarkable that older Saab 9-3 and 900 also perform well above average. Proof of how much safety is anchored in the Saab DNA and how far ahead Trollhättan was.
And finally, a reassuring sensation for those who travel daily with a Saab 900 or 9-3 the first series. Safety is not a question of vehicle age; Saab Youngtimer can be safer than a younger competitor's vehicle.
Saab 9000 & 900
Folksam also leads the Saab 9000 in the statistics. The 9000 is rated as average safe. Its base dates from the early 80s; There are a surprising number of cars in its class that are considerably younger. A good result - an extension of the license for everyday use.
We come to the classic in the Saab range. The Saab 900 of the first generation likes to be seen as a very safe Swedish car when talking to regulars - which it cannot be due to its age. Foliage brings us back to reality. The first 900s land in class 1. They are 40% less secure than the average.
Anything else would have been a surprise, since the base of the 901 comes from the 60s from the Saab 99. And if the result was not so, 50 years of security research would have done nothing. Which would not be a good thing ... So the first Saab 900 series remains what it is. One of the most beautiful classics from Trollhättan - a Saab with a lot of charisma. No fun can take the result.